“The Way to Cái Răng Floating Market” by Samantha Lê published by Bayou Magazine

The child rides on the backseat of the family’s bicycle and takes stock of Vietnam’s ravaged countryside after the revolution—its people and animals, its landscape and violent history.  “The Way to Cái Răng Floating Market” captures the complicated adult world through the eyes of a child—the humming poverty and hunger, the trembling of the land.  … Continue reading “The Way to Cái Răng Floating Market” by Samantha Lê published by Bayou Magazine

“Visions of the Aging Poet” by Samantha Lê published by The Lullwater Review

In “Visions of the Aging Poet,” the young writer glimpses visions of her aging poet teacher outside the halls of academia where he’s god.  Under the light of an ordinary day, she realizes the evolution of their relationship, how she’s poised to take his place on the world’s stage, but he’s not ready to let … Continue reading “Visions of the Aging Poet” by Samantha Lê published by The Lullwater Review

“Fourteen” by Samantha Lê is published in Melbourne’s The Suburban Review #8

I’m honored to announce the publication of my poem “Fourteen” in The Suburban Review #8, Summer 2017 issue.  Available now online. About “Fourteen” The sonnet is one of my favorite forms—a compact love song that packs a punch.  In “Fourteen,” I used this traditional form to explore a contemporary subject.  This poem is about a … Continue reading “Fourteen” by Samantha Lê is published in Melbourne’s The Suburban Review #8

“Making Love on the Roof” by Samantha Lê is published in The Boiler Journal

I’m honored to announce the publication of my poem “Making Love on the Roof” Summer 2017 issue of The Boiler Journal.  This issue is available free online. About “Making Love on the Roof” On a city rooftop, two people try to find momentary relief from loneliness by surrendering their bodies to each other—to the possibility … Continue reading “Making Love on the Roof” by Samantha Lê is published in The Boiler Journal

“Summer Sale” by Samantha Lê published in Common Ground Review

I’m honored to announce the publication of my poem “Summer Sale” in the Spring/Summer 2017 issue of Common Ground Review. About “Summer Sale” In this poem, the place—a strange antique shop located in an aging downtown of a forgotten town—is the subject.  The poem points the reader’s attention to the blue-colored objects in the shop and … Continue reading “Summer Sale” by Samantha Lê published in Common Ground Review

Quote: Pablo Neruda

“I want to see thirst In the syllables, Tough fire In the sound; Feel through the dark For the scream.”

Second Name

1. When the revolution ended, history was rewritten. The victor penned Sài Gòn her second name— her boulevards relabeled, buildings gutted, new monuments erected, and a yellow star dipped in blood unfurled above her rooftops— but those who loved her, will always love her as Sài Gòn. To those who conquered her, she became the … Continue reading Second Name

“To Myself at Eight” and “The Disappearance” by Samantha Lê published in Hypertrophic Literary, Summer 2017 Issue

I’m happy to announce that my poems “To Myself at Eight” and “The Disappearance” are featured in the beautiful Summer 2017 issue of Hypertrophic Literary. [Available online and in print]. About “To Myself at Eight” In the passing along of female traditions, the cost of such inheritance is often freedom.  Mothers packaged their seasoned fears and self-imposed limitations … Continue reading “To Myself at Eight” and “The Disappearance” by Samantha Lê published in Hypertrophic Literary, Summer 2017 Issue

Quote: Charles Bukowski

“great writers are indecent people they live unfairly saving the best part for paper.” ― from The People Look Like Flowers at Last

Quote: Ernest Hemingway

“There is nothing to writing.  All you do is sit down at a typewriter and bleed.”

My Father’s Son

Your brown and raisin foot is watching me. It mocks my innocence and naiveté; it kicks and pokes and jabs and pinches me, with every move it labors bitterly. It speaks in a stranger’s tongue, so wise and old, the tongue of someone who has tasted gold, but swallowed dirt instead, and never told of … Continue reading My Father’s Son

“Second Name” by Samantha Lê published in the anthology Spring Mother Tongue, May 2017

Thank you Arlene Biala and the office of the Poet Laureate of Santa Clara County for putting together this inspiring project. About “Second Name” My journey started with the fall of Saigon when my family became refugees in a country that was once our home.  During the decade of waiting and failed attempts to leave, … Continue reading “Second Name” by Samantha Lê published in the anthology Spring Mother Tongue, May 2017